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Growing Nux vomica- The Strychnine Tree

  I need a photograph of a Nux vomica plant, the strychnine tree for the book that I am writing about poisonous plants, ‘Death in the Garden.’ Gerard the herbalist wrote about the medical use of the seeds; the name

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Valentine’s Day

Love brings out the best – and worse in people, and plants have always been there if you needed some help. You may need an aphrodisiac to help things to get moving.

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FIRST MAKE YOUR SCYTHE

First Make Your Scythe… There has been much comment recently in the press about maintaining old skills. Here is an article that I wrote for the Professional Gardeners’ Guild, some years ago. It outlines a few thoughts on the use

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William Cowpers Summerhouse

I have a day free of Jury Service, so I am researching the letters of William Cowper for a display in June this year. He describes his summer house, which you can still see in the garden of what is

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Propagating Vines: The Roman Method

GROWING VINES USING A ROMAN POT I met Chris Lydamore at Piddington Villa during the Excavation Open Day where I was presenting a Roman Gardening display. He had a few roman flower pots based on the one found at Fishbourne.

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My Allotment – Brassicas and Leeks

I swear that the cabbage white butterflies followed me from home to the allotment. I had never seen one there before, but no sooner had I unloaded my trays of brassicas from the van and taken them to the allotment;

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A Topiary Day

It has been a beautiful autumn day, even if it is only the first day of September. The sky is a deep Mediterranean blue with wisps and puffs of white cloud. The sun is bright and warming, but not too

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